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Blazes Erupt in Two-Vehicle Collision

BY MELANIE WADE – A two-vehicle accident at the junction of Highways 71 and 88 caused both to erupt into flames and backed up Mena’s busy afterschool traffic as well on Wednesday afternoon, October 18, 2017. The accident occurred at 3:13 p.m. Mena Police Department arrived on the scene at 3:14 p.m. and dispatched the Mena Fire Department due to ...

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Fire Engulfs Mobile Home; Family Loses Everything

BY MELANIE WADE – A mobile home was lost to fire Wednesday morning in Mena. Polk County’s 911 Dispatch received a call and paged out the Mena Fire Department at 9:02 a.m. to respond to a structure fire at 2201 Edwards Street. The home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene. Mena Fire Department had eleven personnel on ...

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Carnes and Miller to Wed

Dustin Carnes and Mary Miller will be getting married Saturday, October 28th at 6 pm. The ceremony will take place at Avalon Keep Botanical Gardens, 4615 Hwy 8 West, Mena AR. Reception will follow. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Mena Schools to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

SUBMITTED – Mena Schools will Celebrate Red Ribbon Week during the week of October 24th through 27th. The theme this year is ‘Bearcat Paws Don’t Touch Drugs’. “As a Community Service project we will partner with Mena High School Hub to donate dog and cat food to the Polk County Humane Society. We challenge the community to join us in our efforts,” ...

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Join CRHS for EAST Night Out

SUBMITTED – The Cossatot River High School EAST Program will have their second annual EAST Night Out on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the CRHS EAST Classroom, room 401. EAST Night Out is a national “open house” celebration of EAST programs, where family, friends and the general public are invited to see how students are ...

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Dry September Leads to October Burn Ban

BY MELANIE WADE – A burn ban remains in effect for Polk County, along with 31 other counties in the state, following a lack of adequate rainfall last month. After having above average rainfall from February through August of this year, September turned out to be extremely dry, causing hazardous fire conditions for much of the state. According to U.S. ...

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Master Gardeners Dedicate Memorial Bench

BY MELANIE WADE – The Master Gardeners of Polk County celebrated their 29th anniversary on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Polk County Extension Office Education Building. Dozens were in attendance as they gathered to reminisce over the last three decades, those they have met along the way, and to welcome newcomers to the group. As part of their celebration, ...

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MRHS Competes in Crazy Pink Day

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Departments at Mena Regional Health System recently competed in Crazy Pink Day in an effort to bring awareness about the disease that will affect 1 in 8 women.  The Pink Panther Traveling Trophy was awarded to Mena Medical Associates.  The hospital has many activities planned for the month of October to raise breast cancer ...

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EM Takes Part in Fire Prevention Week

Polk County Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator Kyle Rowland participated in Fire Prevention Week with area firefighters. Rowland visited Louise Durham Elementary on October 11. He, Smokey the Bear, and Fire Pup visited with Luke Rowland and other students about this year’s theme, “Every Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out!”

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Moments From America’s History – Folly or Foresight….

BY JEFF OLSON – Alaska had quite an interesting journey on her way to becoming one of the United States. The first people came to Alaska about 15,000 years ago crossing the Bering Land Bridge. The second migration across the Bridge brought the Na-Dene and Eskimo-Aleut. They arrived in Alaska about 12,000 BC and moved through the north to populate Alaska ...

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